Your Attic Insulation Professionals
A family-run company that has been in the construction industry for over three generations we specialize in insulation and have over 50 years of experience combined.
We pride ourselves on our customer service, being able to offer the cheapest price per square foot in this market without sacrificing any of our quality control standards.
What is the Best Insulation Material?
We recommend only using insulation materials that have been tested thoroughly in the United States. Many new materials claim to be green, eco-friendly, and healthier for you, but they won’t last the lifetime of your building. The bottom line is that if a material hasn’t been around long enough and hasn’t been tested over time, we advise you to not choose it.
Questions about Attic Insulation?
Fiberglass, Cellulose, Mineral Wool (rockwool), and Spray Foam are the four insulation materials that you should be considering.
Fiberglass is one of the most tested building materials. It can be installed as batt or blown-in insulation. Fiberglass is non-flammable, eco-friendly, and safe to install. It also maintains its thermal performance throughout the lifetime of the building.
The manufacturer will go the extra mile to certify licensed contractors and provide ongoing training. They may even visit job sites to ensure that insulation services are performed correctly. This is a must-have when choosing a contractor to insulate your home. It will ensure that you are satisfied with the work and meet the highest standards.
Fiberglass has many advantages:
Green – Fiberglass is an ecological product that uses recycled glass to make fibers.
Safe This material is not flammable and can be installed safely.
Durable: This material also retains its thermal performance throughout the lifetime of the building. Fiberglass will protect your home no matter what climate it is.
For maximum effectiveness, fiberglass can settle over time so you may need to use more than one layer. For soundproofing, fiberglass is superior to spray foam.
Cellulose insulation is a popular choice for commercial and residential buildings. Cellulose insulation is made from recycled newspapers. It is chemically treated to resist fire with ammonium sulfurate. Cellulose is very thermally efficient, but it is regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Council as a fire hazard because it is made from shredded, recycled newspapers.
The Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation has found that some cellulose samples fail the fire safety test after only six months.
Important to remember that cellulose installation can be messy. Cellulose is extremely dusty, and it can cause irritability and fiber damage.
For dust to be as minimal as possible, cover the area where the installation will take place with a plastic tunnel. Also, ensure that all recessed lights are covered to keep particles out of the living space.
Mineral wool is made from natural rock. It is popular in Canada and Europe. It is made from basalt and slag that has been melted in steel mills. The fiber can then be spun into boards or batts.
These are the pros and cons:
Prices: Fiberglass batts are more expensive than mineral wool batts. R-19 mineral wool is a good example. It costs around 90C/ sq. Fiberglass costs 70C/ per square foot, while R-19 mineral wool is about 90C/ per sq.
Fire resistance: The mineral wool resists extreme heat more than any other type of insulation. The batts will retain their form and provide better protection from a flame spread in a fire.
Water resistance: Mineral wool insulation, just like fiberglass insulation, does not absorb water. The batts will still look great if the roof or wall leaks. Cellulose, on the other side, absorbs water. To restore the R-value, you will need to have a new installation.
Sound Barrier: One the best properties of mineral wool material is its ability to block sound. It is used by many contractors to block sound from the basement or floors.
Spray foam insulation is made up of 2 chemical compounds, which expand when combined and then simultaneously seal and insulate the area.
Spray foam insulation is the most efficient, but it can be up to 2-3 times more costly than other options. Spray foam is the best insulation material for your crawlspace or attic. It has a higher R-value, mold resistance, moisture damage resistance, durability, air sealing, versatility, and cost.
The advantages of spray foam
- Best R-value per inch.
- It is very effective at stopping air leaks and providing insulation value.
- It won’t shrink, lose its value or fall out of position.
- Closed-cell spray foam can be waterproof and won’t support mold growth
The disadvantages of spray foam
- Fiberglass is 2-3 times more expensive than fiberglass, for the same R-value.
- If the materials are not properly installed and the chemicals are not mixed equally, the material may not cure. This means that you won’t be able to stay in your house until it has been treated.
- During installation, you cannot be at home.
- High risk of damage – Every drip of foam material is irreversible, as the foam is similar to glue.